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 Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us,
Footprints on the sands of time.
Psalm of Life'  by H.W.Longfellow

Down Memory Lane4 

Post box or wall box at Priesthaggard with
initials GR for King George and the crown.       
The boxes were painted red at first but after Irish Independence in 1921 were painted green.

Lovely wall box on the Church 
of Ireland wall at Whitechurch.
It has the initials ER for King 
Edward 7th.

This post box is at Murphy's Kilmokea and close to Kilmokea House. It was built 
by W.T Allen and Co. London. The date 1931 is carved on top of the stone. 


Margaret Murphy wearing widow's weeds in 1907

In Victorian times a widow's  grieving period went through several 
stages. First or Deep Mourning lasted a year and a day. 
During this time, she wore widow's weeds. This included black clothes 
of a dull cloth like bombazine draped with black crape. She also wore
 a black widow's cap and veil, but could not wear ornamentation of any 
kind.  The garments were heavily trimmed with crape, the dull crinkly
 silk fabric, which quickly became discoloured and unpleasant smelling.
   This caused deep mourning dress to be known as
"widow's weeds."
Second Mourning lasted for another twelve months. Her clothes were 
still wholly of black, but with less crape, and no cap or veil. Mourning dress set a person apart and signaled to all that the wearer had suffered
 a loss and should be treated with special consideration.

Repairing Cuaille Bank in 1957

Johnny Brown, foreman from Enniscorthy, Pat O'Sullivan,Whitechurch, Aidan Shalloe and Aidan Wallace.
Ships could once sail around by Dunbrody Abbey until the Cuaille
 (locally pronounced 'Cooley') bank was built by local workers under
 the Famine Relief Scheme (Public Works) in the 1840's and 1850's. 
Limestone was brought by boat from Ballyhack and the bank was
 built from near the Power Station around by Kilmannock, to
 prevent erosion.

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